Do you look forward to gingerbread during the holidays as much as I do? If so, then this Gluten Free Gingerbread Pound Cake definitely deserves a spot on your holiday baking agenda!
Laura and I recently decided to stay in town for Christmas. Back in our pre-Robbie days, we’d often travel down to central Pennsylvania to spend Christmas with her family. But traveling with Robbie has proven to be rather difficult. I think we have the only kid in the world who hates to ride in the car! (I just laugh at that car commercial where the kid wakes up early, and the Dad drives him around until he falls back asleep. Yeah, that’s not Robbie at all!)
But more importantly, I want Robbie to grow up experiencing Christmas in his own house. I want him to be giddy with excitement when he peers down the stairs to see if Santa came during the night. I want him to sit up tracking Santa’s movement via the NORAD Santa Radar. I pretty much want Robbie to have the same Christmas memories as me!
When my sister and I were young, we’d wake up early (like really early) and run downstairs to wake our parents up. We lived in a historic house in downtown Charleston, SC, so we’d scamper down the creaky wooden staircase into my parent’s room on the 2nd floor. The Christmas tree was always on the 1st floor, but we weren’t allowed to go down until my Dad had set up the video camera. And the lights. Oh, and he had to take a shower, too. I think my Dad secretly relished making us sit there and wait while all this happened!
Speaking of relish and Christmas traditions, have you guys heard about the Christmas Pickle? Yup, it’s a real thing! A pickle-shaped ornament is hidden in the Christmas tree, and the first person to find it on Christmas morning gets an extra present…or at least good luck for the coming year. The origins of this tradition are a bit murky, but that doesn’t matter much, right? The point is you get to hide a pickle in the Christmas tree. (Well, technically it’s a pickle-shaped ornament…but I say you should just go big or go home. Hide a real pickle in your tree this year!)
I seriously went looking for our pickle ornament in the tree…and I couldn’t find it! I know it’s in there. I remember getting it out of the box. But I can’t find the darned thing! So instead the Christmas Armadillo decided to volunteer for the photo. Equally as ridiculous, this Christmas Armadillo is always hiding somewhere in the back branches of our tree each year. I’m told he brings good luck, too. At least I hope so!
Another holiday tradition growing up was gingerbread. My Mom always made gingerbread cookies (not to mention gingerbread houses) each year, and I think that’s why gingerbread is one of my all-time favorite holiday flavors. Gingerbread cookies, gingerbread lattes, gingerbread cake…you name it, and I’m all over it once the holiday season hits!
As I’ve mentioned before, I often take my sweet treats into the curling club. This serves two purposes. I get to share yummy food with my friends and teammates, but I also make sure that I don’t eat the whole darned cake myself! (And, yes, I would eat the whole cake myself. Laura isn’t the biggest fan of gingerbread, so all gingerbread treats come my way.)
One of my curling teammates follows a gluten-free diet, and I’ve felt a little guilty bringing in all sorts of treats that he can’t eat. He doesn’t complain one bit. But I’m sure just watching everyone else chow down on chocolate brownies after a game isn’t the easiest thing to do!
So I decided to up the ante this past week. I pulled out my bag of Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour. Since it’s the holidays, I decided to go with gingerbread because, well, gingerbread. And that night I took this Gluten Free Gingerbread Pound Cake into the club. And there wasn’t a crumb left on that plate when I got in the car to go home!
Perhaps some of you guys follow a gluten-free diet. Perhaps you have friends and neighbors who are gluten-free. Either way, I can’t recommend this flour enough. I’m a huge fan of all of Bob’s Red Mill products, but this flour is even extra awesome! As the name suggests, this flour can be used as a direct replacement for traditional all-purpose flour. No fancy conversions. No repeated efforts at figuring out a new recipe. Just use the Gluten Free 1-to-1 Baking Flour in your traditional baked goods…and *boom* gluten-free! (Of course, you should ensure that the other ingredients in the recipe are gluten-free, too.) In case you’re wondering, I’ve made this Gluten Free Gingerbread Pound Cake with traditional all-purpose flour…and I can’t tell a difference in taste or texture!
I hope everyone’s holiday season is off to a great start so far! As for us, we’ve done most of our shopping (minus my presents for Laura since I have no idea what to get her). The plan is to spend this weekend wrapping and boxing everything up to mail out on Monday. There might also be some more Gluten Free Gingerbread Pound Cake involved with this weekend. It was just that good! Cheers!
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